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    February 2, 2018 Council Highlights

    Highlights of the February 2, 2018 Regular Council Meeting have been added to the Council Highlights page of our website. This week's meeting welcomed delegations from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers to discuss the impacts of the Draft Caribou Recovery Plan, and the South Peace Regional Archives to discuss their funding requirements for 2018. Council also made several funding decisions regarding the Tri-Municipal Industrial Partnership and sponsorships for upcoming events with the Economic Developers Association and Valleyview Petroleum Association.

    Farm Energy Agri-Processing (FEAP) Program Open

    FORWARDED ON BEHALF OF DALE CHRAPKO   Farm Energy Agri-Processing (FEAP) Program Open www.agriculture.alberta.ca/feap FEAP is a combination of two discontinued GF2 programs:

    • On-Farm Energy Management Program
    • Accelerating Agricultural Innovation Program (Stream C)
    By combining these two programs, a single program can be offered across the whole agricultural value-chain, for energy efficiency and energy management projects. Program Description: The Farm Energy and Agri-Processing Program shares costs with the agriculture and agri-processing sector on energy efficiency investments.  The Program is designed to encourage energy management which will result in cost savings, energy conservation, and ultimately, reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The Program offers financial support, subject to financial constraint, to Applicants who incorporate high efficiency equipment that is identified in the applicable Funding List in their construction and/or retrofitting projects. Key Messages:
    • This program is RETROACTIVE to April 2016.
      • Applicants with eligible receipts dated April 2016 and later can apply.
      • Retroactive projects are subject to current eligibility criteria.
    • 50% cost share on most items. See Funding List for full details.
    • $250,000 maximum grant per Applicant per year
    • Funding Timeline is from now to Feb 2020
    • An EFP is NOT a prerequisite for this funding
    • Applications will be processed in a first complete, first served basis.
      • Incomplete applications will not secure a spot in line.
    • Once applications have been approved, producers can watch for emails from the grant management system: "Grant_Management_System@agric.gov.ab.ca" They will get notifications from this email address as their application moves through the steps.
    For More Information: Visit  www.agriculture.alberta.ca/feap for:
    • Application forms
    • Producer Funding List
    • Processor Funding List
    • Program Terms and Conditions
    The On-Farm Solar PV Program The program is being discontinued under GF2. It will now be a provincial program, located on Ropin’ The Web. URL is:   http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/general/progserv.nsf/all/pgmsrv464 This move is happening because the March 31 deadline of GF2 is causing concern among solar installers. Since they cannot be sure that they can complete projects before that date, they are unable to apply. This move should alleviate that concern and get applications moving again.  Please communicate this to your networks and drum up some business! For both programs I think most callers will just want to get at the forms and documents. You can direct them to the website for that. If producers have questions that you can’t answer, here’s where to send them:
    • All Agri-Processing Questions go to Dana Gibson:  780-980-4220
    • For Producer Questions:
     
    Forward to: Number: If caller is producer and Q is about:
    Keri McPhee 403-329-1212, x230 Status of application
    Jason Price 780-427-4181 Policy, or complaints
    Outreach Officers Vern: 403-894-0050 Ponoka, Clearwater, Lacombe, Red Deer, Starland, Kneehill, Mountainview, Bighorn, Rocky View, Wheatland, Newell, Vulcan, Foothills, Cypress, Willow Creek, Ranchland, M.D. Taber, Lethbridge, Forty Mile, Pincher Creek, Cardston, Warner Lyle: 780-581-8403 Acadia County Beaver County Bonnyville MD Camrose County Flagstaff County Minburn County Lac la Biche County Lamont County Paintearth County Provost County St. Paul County Smoky Lake County Stettler County Special Area 2 Special Area 3 Special Area 4 Two Hills County Vermilion River County Wainwright County Kale: 780-307-7849 All other MDs Applicant or equipment eligibility
    Jason Price |  Growing Forward 2 – On-Farm Energy Management Program  |  Environmental Extension & Programming Section  | Environmental Stewardship Branch  |  Alberta Agriculture & Forestry  |  2nd Fl, Legislature Annex, Edmonton AB, T5K 1E4  |  Phone 780-427-4181

    AAAF Memorial Bursary

    The bursary is intended for students continuing their education at a College or University. Students must be enrolled in an agricultural or environmental science program. There is a $1000 bursary available in each calendar year for each of the 5 provincial regions of the Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldmen. AAAF Memorial Bursary Application Form The Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldmen, as an ongoing tribute to active or retired AAAF members who pass away, and in the spirit of continuing education valued by our Association, created the AAAF Memorial Bursary. Students must be enrolled in an agricultural or environmental science program.  There is a $1000 bursary available in each calendar year for each of the 5 provincial regions of the Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldmen. An Agricultural Fieldman in good standing with the AAAF must receive your application with all supporting documentation by September 1st of each year. You can search out your local Agricultural Fieldman by checking our membership directory.

    Spray Exemption Deadline

    Please be advised that the spray exemption deadline is set for April 27, 2018.  Spray Exemption Agreements can be filled out, in person, at the Grovedale Office or at the Field Services Office in Valleyview. A few points to remember with Spray Exemption Agreements are:

    • the agreement only pertains to the ditch, or right-of-way, adjacent to the landowners property;
    • if a landowner does not follow the guidelines within the exempted area set out within the agreement (ie. noxious/prohibited noxious weeds and/or tall vegetation present), the MD shall immediately take steps to control vegetation (which may include herbicide application);
    • agreements are valid only for one (1) calendar year; and
    • only the registered landowner may apply for a Spray Exemption Agreement.
    If you have any further questions, please call the Agriculture Services Department at 780-524-7621.

    Revised Wolf Harvest Incentive Policy

    Policy now known as Policy 6303, Wolf Harvest Incentive has been revised. The new eligibility requirements are as follows:  the registered landowner of property within Greenview, or their designate (stated through written permission), verified by VSI membership or Administration. This policy takes effect Monday, January 22, 2018.  For further information, please contact 780-524-7621

    WORKPLACE LEGISLATION FOR FARMS – Frequently Asked Questions

    Winter Ungulate Depredation

    Seeking Committee Members

    Greenview is seeking members for the following three committees:

    • Agriculture Appeal Committee
    • Cemetery Committee for Grovedale
    • Cemetery Committee for New Fish Creek
    If you are interested in joining one of the above please fill out and return the Board & Committee Application Form.

    Prairie Shelterbelt Program

    Are you interested in a shelterbelt or would like more information on them?  Follow the link below! http://www.prairieshelterbeltprogram.ca/ 

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